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Stable corn prices, lower production seen as poultry’s best hope for rebound

Poultry — Mississippi’s top agricultural commodity – is weathering economic storms by responding quickly to shifts in demand, and economists at Mississippi State University predict 2012 will be a year of recovery. Whether it sees the expected rebound could hinge on corn prices keeping steady and production levels remaining stable, poultry officials say. In 2011, Mississippi ranked fourth in the ...

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STODDER: Natural gas vehicles, like Toyota Prius, face chicken-and-egg syndrome

While the push is under way in some states to provide roadside battery-charging for the thousands of electric cars on the highways, another alternative, the natural-gas-powered vehicle, mostly sits idle. Anyone who has watched television in the past decade knows about the Chevy Volt and hybrids like the Ford Fusion or the Toyota Prius. But only Honda sells a natural-gas-powered ...

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Yuki Northington to star in "HGTV Design Star"

Gulf Coast businesswoman Yuki Northington, a celebrated artist and owner of the Social Chair boutique in Bay St. Louis, will star in the upcoming next season of “HGTV Design Star.” Since 2006, the reality competition show has highlighted talented interior designers, stylists and artists as they compete to win their own HGTV show. The 12 competitors must create inventive designs ...

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Independent monitor: Kemper contingency 91 percent gone

Included in the April 24 order granting a new certificate of public convenience and necessity for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant was a portion of the March report from the project’s independent monitors. The report, which monitors file monthly, said that 91 percent of the company’s contingency has been allocated, with the project 26 percent complete. Included in ...

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Barbier schedules trial to hear non-class action claims

NEW ORLEANS — The federal judge who will decide whether to approve a class-action settlement of claims against BP PLC has scheduled a January 2013 trial for other claims spawned by the deadly blowout of the company’s deepwater well in the Gulf Mexico. After meeting yesterday behind closed doors with attorneys, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier scheduled the start of ...

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Auditor's Office tells city to put tax money in escrow

HORN LAKE — The state Auditor’s Office says Horn Lake needs to place money collected from an unauthorized hotel-motel tax into an escrow account until the issue is resolved. City officials told The Commercial Appeal yesterday they have already been doing so. The issue stems from a $2 per night tax on hotel and motel rooms that is designed to ...

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FAA awards $9.7M in grants to state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Airport improvement projects in Mississippi will receive more than $9.7 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding. The announcement was made by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Cochran said the announcements came after final congressional approval to legislation that reauthorized federal aviation programs such as the AIP, the Small Community Air Service Development Program and the Essential Air Service ...

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Gin Creek Publishing to revive Laurel Leader-Call

LAUREL — The ReView of Jones County, owned by Gin Creek Publishing, has reached an agreement to purchase the Laurel Leader-Call name, masthead and subscription list. The terms of the transaction are confidential. The Leader-Call is now publishing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. “I’m delighted on behalf of the residents of this great county to begin publishing The Leader-Call,” owner ...

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State Legislature wraps up work on redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are finished with their part of redistricting, and new House and Senate maps await federal scrutiny. The Mississippi House voted 70-50 yesterday to approve a state Senate plan that increases the number of majority-black districts and reduces the number of split precincts. The Senate approved its own plan Wednesday. Both chambers already approved a new House ...

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Caesars pulls plug on construction of unfinished casino

BILOXI — Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it won’t continue construction of the unfinished casino on the beach in Biloxi, Miss. The company took a $167.5 million non-cash impairment charge on the project, writing off the money spent on the casino before stopping work in 2008. Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson tells the Sun Herald the project was halted at ...

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